January 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Families who knew Barack Obama in his hometown, Chicago, couldn't stay away Monday when he took the oath for his second inauguration. Spencer Gould and his wife, Ardenia, arrived at the Capitol early enough to get seats in front of where the president took the oath of office. “We have worked on all of his campaigns,” said Gould, 38. “We go back to when people couldn't pronounce his name. It has been such a great experience to watch him go from someone no one knew to a world leader.” Ardenia, 37, said the inaugural ceremony seemed more subdued than the electrifying experience of 2008.
January 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The inauguration ceremony for President Obama's second term will be held on Monday, but besides being sworn in on a platform on the West Front of the Capitol, he will participate in a whole range of events, from volunteering to ballroom dancing. Since the inauguration happens to fall on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the event will be preceded by the first family taking part in the National Day of Service on Saturday in recognition of the civil rights leader. The White House has called for those in Washington, D.C. , and people nationwide to join the president in what he's called “a fitting way to honor a man who lived his life in loving service to others.” On Sunday, Obama will be sworn into office around noon EST in a quiet affair in the White House.
January 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - After Barack Obama publicly took the oath of office for his second term on Monday, he strongly defended the ideology of his party as he urged Americans to accept compromise as a path toward solving the nation's problems. “Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time - but it does require us to act in our time,” Obama said shortly after taking the oath from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. “Decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.” Just over 18 minutes -- relatively short by historical standards -- the address hit several major policy priorities that Obama hopes to pursue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2013 |
Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti will hold a free public party in downtown's Grand Park as part of his inauguration festivities on Sunday. Hollywood, a major backer of his campaign, will be on hand. Jimmy Kimmel is emceeing, and techno master Moby, accompanied by a choir, will kick off the event with a song. The event will include Steampunk carnival games, multicultural music and an oath of office administered by the 13-year-old daughter of a janitor. "We've been saying this transition is less about symbolism and more about work," said Yusef Robb, Garcetti's chief spokesman.
December 1, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY -- Violent protests preceded Saturday's inauguration of Enrique Peña Nieto as president of Mexico, and several people were reported injured. Peña Nieto, a telegenic and politically savvy former state governor, was scheduled to be formally sworn in during a ceremony at the lower house of Congress later in the day. Inside and outside the heavily guarded San Lazaro Palace that houses the lower chamber, protests broke out ahead of the ceremony. One huge black banner hoisted by leftist congressmen declared "Mexico in mourning," alluding to the tens of thousands of people killed during the six-year administration of Felipe Calderon, whom Pena Nieto is replacing.
January 24, 2013 |
First Lady Michelle Obama stole the spotlight at the inaugural festivities this week as a sartorial knockout. Sporting a sleek new hairstyle, she proved with every outfit she is as much a style icon as her notably fashionable predecessors Jacqueline Kennedy and Nancy Reagan. At the Commander in Chief ball, Obama danced the night away in a red velvet chiffon halter gown by Jason Wu, who also designed the feathery white creation she wore during her husband's first inauguration.
January 21, 2013 |
Looking to watch the presidential inauguration this morning but have no access to a TV? Well, fortunately, there isn't a shortage of websites that will be live-streaming the event to computers and mobile devices. With the inaugural ceremony beginning at 8:30 a.m. PDT, some of these live streams have already kicked off with coverage of pre-ceremony events. The Los Angeles Times has the live stream. Or if you want to go the official route, you can head over to the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee's live stream online or on your phone using an app -- either for Apple devices or Android . PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 For a live stream of the event with an influx of news commentary and analysis, there's a myriad of websites to choose from.
January 18, 2013 |
When Kelly Clarkson belts out the patriotic standard "My Country, 'Tis of Thee” at President Obama's second inauguration on Monday, it's safe to assume the performance will be memorable, considering Clarkson's well-documented vocal prowess. However, the moment could further justify use of the overwrought cliché, “What a difference a year makes,” considering the political baggage that comes with Clarkson's appearance. Early last year the singer was embroiled in controversy after she drew the ire of some fans when she offered endorsement for controversial Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2013 |
The person who will administer the oath of office to Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti is not a judge or another politician but a 13-year-old girl who first met him nine years ago. Kenia Castillo, an eighth-grader at Luther Burbank Magnet Middle School, said she was 4 when she encountered Garcetti outside City Hall at a Justice For Janitors rally. She attended that event with her mother, a janitor, and more recently volunteered for his mayoral campaign. Although she doesn't remember much from that first meeting, the Westlake resident said she is excited to be taking part in Sunday's ceremony.